December 7, 2022

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Russia has accused Ukraine and the UK of drone strikes on the Black Sea fleet in Crimea

Moscow – Ministry of Defense Russia This Saturday, the 29th Ukraine and intelligence United Kingdom to publish A drone strike against the Black Sea Fleet CrimeaThe Russian occupation of the peninsula is a key point Invasion of Ukraine Promoted by the President Vladimir Putin. An earlier attack on a Crimean bridge sparked an aggressive response from Moscow across Ukraine..

A loud explosion was heard this morning (local time, Brazil night). Sevastopol Bay, Crimea’s largest city and a Russian Black Sea naval base, according to Russian state news agency TASS. A Russian-appointed governor of the region, Mikhail Rasvosev, said in a Telegram post that Black Sea Fleet ships “repelled” the attack. His attack allegations and the Russian response could not be independently verified, and he did not press charges.

But the Russian Defense Ministry blamed the “Kiev regime”, it said in a statementBlack Sea Fleet vessels were targeted and at least one Russian vessel suffered minor damage.. It said 16 drones were engaged and “all aerial targets” were destroyed. The ministry added that targeted ships were involved UN to allow Ukrainian grain exports In the brokerage agreement. There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian officials.

Ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet anchored in one of Crimea’s Sevastopol bays on March 31, 2014. Photo: AP

“The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of the military at Ukraine’s 73rd Special Maritime Operations Center were carried out by British experts,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that one of its ships, the Ivan Golubets, suffered minor damage. Mikhail Rasvozhayev said the drone attack on Russian Black Sea naval installations in Crimea was the most serious of the conflict in Ukraine.

The regional governor asked people to refrain from commenting and posting videos on social networks about the attack, because, according to him, this information will be useful for the enemy, that is, Ukraine, to understand how the defense of the city is organized.

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Crimea, which has been under Kremlin control since Moscow illegally annexed the peninsula in 2014, is of enormous symbolic importance to Putin. An explosion occurred earlier this month on a bridge connecting the peninsula to Russia It took Putin retaliated with mass attacks in Ukraine that killed dozens of people and hit critical infrastructure.

Ukraine’s leaders have maintained an official policy of obscurity about the attacks behind the front lines and have not claimed responsibility for the outbreak, which comes after a series of attacks on the Black Sea peninsula in previous months that have undermined security sentiment. War in the Crimea.

A new drone attack on Sevastopol is announced Ukrainian forces are launching a counter-offensive to retake areas in the south of the country. On Thursday, pro-Russian Governor Mikhail Rasvozhayev said the Balaclava thermal power plant had been hit by a drone strike, causing no major damage to infrastructure or casualties.

In August, he also condemned a drone attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, an incident that resulted in no injuries and was the second in a month. On July 31, a drone landed at the Fleet General Staff Yard, injuring five employees and canceling all planned Russian Navy Day celebrations.

On Saturday, the Russian military accused London of involvement Explosions in the Baltic Sea caused leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in September.Built to carry Russian gas Europe.

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“Representatives of a British naval unit participated in the planning, delivery and execution of a terrorist act to damage the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea on September 26,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a telegram.

British Defense condemns false Russian accusations on Twitter as a distraction “To divert attention from dealing with the disaster of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense is promoting false accusations of epic proportions,” he tweeted.

The 'Nord Stream 1' pipeline facilities are filmed in Lubmin, Germany
The ‘Nord Stream 1’ pipeline facilities are filmed in Lubmin, Germany Photo: Hannibal Hanske/Reuters

Russia has repeatedly complained that it was not included in the international investigation into the Nord Stream leaks following the sabotage.

A Swedish court on Friday announced its intention to conduct a new inspection of gas pipelines, as did the Nord Stream consortium, which sent a Russian-flagged civilian vessel.

On September 26, four major leaks were detected in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on the Danish island of Bornholm, two in the Swedish EEZ and two in the Danish EEZ. Initial underwater investigations reinforced suspicions of sabotage, as the leaks preceded the explosions.

After the conflict in Ukraine, two gas pipelines connecting Russia GermanyGeopolitics are at the center of tensions, fueled by Moscow’s decision to cut gas supplies to Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions. /EFE, AFP and NYT

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